In 2021, Colorado Springs will turn 150. Seems like a long time, but that may depend upon your perspective. My grandmother, who lived most of her long life in Colorado Springs, was born in Boston in 1871. I was born here in 1940 and am now more than half...
Eleven hopeful candidates, three seats. Everything else being equal, that gives each of them better than 4-to-1 odds of success in the April 2 Colorado Springs City Council elections. Those odds are pretty good, at least compared to those of winning a sheaf of $100 bills in Cripple Creek. Dream...
Do geezers rule national politics? Let’s see — on Nov. 3, 2020, Donald Trump will be 74, Bernie Sanders 79, Joe Biden 78, Chuck Schumer 70 and Nancy Pelosi 80. Then there are the young upstarts; Kamala Harris 56, Beto O’Rourke 48, and Cory Booker 51. And last are...
“One line is too much,” a Florida friend told me 40 years ago, “and one kilo is not enough.” He was warning me about the dangers of cocaine (which I more or less avoided), but he didn’t touch on other expensive, life-altering, career-endangering, mind-destroying addictive behaviors. Consider running for elected office,...
Last week’s sale of Colorado Springs-based Transit Mix Concrete to Aggregate Industries, a subsidiary of Swiss-based LaFargeHolcim, raises a lot of interesting questions. Why did Continental Materials, TM’s former parent company, spin off TM’s ready-mix concrete operations and an associated sand pit while retaining the Pikeview quarry and the “potential...
2019 is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Broadmoor Art Academy, from which descended the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. The FAC, now a part of Colorado College, opened its doors in 1936. In 1919, Colorado Springs had a population of about 30,000. By 1936, it had increased...
On April 2 residents of Colorado Springs will go to the polls to elect a mayor and three at-large city councilors … wait a minute, there are no polls! Actual elections are so dreary, old-fashioned and inconvenient. Instead, we’ll cast our votes by snail mail, yet another dreary, old-fashioned...
One of my favorite Facebook groups is “Old Pics of Colorado Springs,” a nostalgic site where longtime residents and natives mourn and celebrate our city’s resplendent past. Where did it go, that sweet little city of 40,000 souls? Where are its quiet days, peaceful streets and deep silences? Where...
What city project required 53 staffers, an 18-person steering committee, drew 9,000 participants and generated 24,508 social media posts? Such a vast effort in the private sector might signal the construction of a cluster of high-rise buildings or the creation of a soon-to-be billion-dollar company. But we’re talking city...
It should be an interesting year in local politics, particularly at the multiple intersections of business and politics. I’ve learned from sad experience not to make specific predictions, unless you make so many of ’em that no one remembers the bad ones! So here are some guesses about 2019,...
Let’s consider power plants, the state lottery and the vagaries of local politics.
Like so many midsize cities stuck in the orbit of a much larger metropolis, Colorado Springs has always suffered from a certain existential angst. St. Paul can’t compete with Minneapolis; Dallas dwarfs Fort Worth; and Denver will always disrespect Colorado Springs. Indeed, Denver can be compared with a black hole,...